Issues: Aging

RITCHIE ANNOUNCES 2014 SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIRS

New Locations, More Vendors to be Featured

State Senator Patty Ritchie is encouraging seniors in Central and Northern New York to mark their calendars for her annual “Senior Health and Wellness Fairs.” This year’s fairs—which feature new locations for the Oswego and Jefferson County events, as well as more vendors than ever before—will take place in the coming weeks and offer local seniors access to free health checks, flu shots, tips for improving well-being, lunch, entertainment and more.

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The first event will take place in Oswego County on September 24th at the Fulton Ice Arena (605 W. Broadway Street) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The fair will feature nearly 50 vendors and free transportation will be provided by Oswego County Opportunities.  A transportation schedule can be found here.  This year’s event will also feature lunch prepared and served by “future chefs” who are currently studying at Oswego County BOCES. Click here for a list of organizations attending the event.

September 10, 2014
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Preventing Falls Among Seniors: Tips & Techniques for Keeping Elder New Yorkers Strong on Their Feet

One in three adults over 65 will suffer a serious fall this year.

DON'T LET FALLS TRIP YOU UP

Join experts from VSNY CHOICE for a free seminar

Preventing Falls Among Seniors: Tips & Techniques for Keeping Elder New Yorkers Strong on Their Feet

September 17, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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September 9, 2014
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Statement from Senator David J. Valesky, NYS Senate Aging Chair, on AARP Boomstate Report

The AARP report clearly shows that our aging population has serious concerns about its financial security and quality of life in New York State. While we have made some progress on reducing the property tax burden and ensuring access to affordable health care, there is much more to be done to ensure the 50+ demographic stays in New York.

September 8, 2014
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SENIORS: MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

September 8, 2014
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Sen. Krueger's Eighth Annual Senior Resource Fair

Please join us for Liz's Eighth Senior Resource Fair at Temple Emanu-El! Over 50 exhibitors will be there to provide information for older adults in New York City!

Admission is free, and light refreshments will be provided. Copies of Sen. Krueger's Senior Resource Guide will be provided free as well.

No RSVP is necessary. For further information, contact Alice Fisher at Sen. Krueger's office, (212) 490-9535.

October 23, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Stavisky, Mets Honor WWII Veteran Leonard Merer on his 90th Birthday

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) presents an official Senate proclamation to World War II veteran and devoted Mets fan Lenny Merer on Friday night to commemorate his 90th birthday and his selection as the Mets’ Veteran of the Night.

 

August 19, 2014
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September 8, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Senator Bonacic Addresses Orange County seniors at "Senior Forum," on August 8, 2014

Senator Bonacic updates Orange County seniors on various programs of interest at the 16th annual Senior Forum, hosted by the OC Department of the Aging.  (Seated is Ann Marie Maglione, Director, Dept. of the Aging.)

August 8, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Visits with Seniors at the "Senior Forum," hosted by the Orange County Department of the Aging

Senator Bonacic greets Orange County seniors, Genevieve Kennedy (l) and Marjorie Karnas at Senior Forum, August 8, 2014.

August 8, 2014
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BROOKLYN SENIOR STARS TO SHINE – SENATOR GOLDEN TO HOST 8TH ANNUAL SENIOR IDOL

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), in partnership with Xaverian High School, today is announcing plans to host Brooklyn’s 8th Annual Senior Idol, a popular contest that draws upon the talent of the senior citizens of Kings County, vying to be crowned “Brooklyn’s Senior Idol” this Fall.

 

Brooklyn residents age 50 or older are invited to register and audition on Monday, September 8, 2014, starting at 4:00 p.m. in the Xaverian High School auditorium, 7100 Shore Road (handicapped accessibility available at 71st Street door). Senior citizens trying out for this singing competition should bring a CD or cassette tape accompaniment. A piano is available for any contestant interested and participants are welcome to bring a guitar.

 

July 23, 2014
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Children and seniors rally on the steps of City Hall in an attempt to save their Williamsburg community center

Developer Harry Einhorn paid $4.5 million to buy the building that houses the Swinging Sixties Senior Center and Small World Day Care Center, and offered a lease that they can't afford to pay.BY Marco Poggio NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Children and seniors took to the steps of City Hall Tuesday to ask the city to buy their Williamsburg community center so they won’t be put out on the street.

July 16, 2014
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At Senior Symposium, Senator Kennedy Announces New Legislation to Save Seniors Money

Over 300 senior citizens from the 63rd Senate District, covering Buffalo, Cheektowaga and Lackawanna, join Kennedy at outreach event to gain access to state agencies, local service-providers.

Kennedy presents state honors, the New York State Senate Liberty Medal, to World War II veterans from WNY.

July 15, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Announces Funding Grant for New Women’s Wellness Program at Riverdale Senior Services

RIVERDALE, NY -  State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced a $100,000 grant he secured for Riverdale Senior Services that will go towards a newly created Women’s Wellness program open to women across the Bronx.

 

July 14, 2014
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Sanders Thanks NYC Council for $253,000 Rochdale Village NORC Funding Restoration

Late yesterday, the New York City Council adopted a $75 billion dollar city budget for fiscal year 2015. Included within the new budget is a $253,000 appropriation to fund the Rochdale Village Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC).

Rochdale Village's NORC was scheduled to close next month after its application for a renewal of funding was declined by the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) due to projected budget constraints.

Upon learning of the NORC’s impending discontinuation, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale) immediately convened a meeting between him, his aides and DFTA Commissioner Donna Corrado, to urge the program's funding be renewed.

June 26, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senators Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins Celebrate Win for Compassionate Care

Albany, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) hailed the passage of the Compassionate Care Act on Friday. The legislation establishes the state’s first medical marijuana program and includes provisions to ensure that the drug is reserved only for patients with serious conditions to prevent abuse. The program will be effective in 18 months.

June 23, 2014
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Senate Passes Valesky-Sponsored Legislation to Protect Seniors from Scams

ALBANY - The Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), that will protect senior citizens from deception by professionals who use senior-specific designations. The bill requires anyone using such a designation to disclose its source in advertisements and to prospective clients.

In an effort to bring in clients who are seniors, professionals often pursue licensure, registration or some sort of independent designation that requires specialized training in senior issues. However, it is important that seniors are aware of the source of these designations so they can be sure any claim is legitimate.

June 18, 2014
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Senator Klein Hosts Women's Wellness Lunch, Commemorating Bronx Women's Wellness Week

BRONX, NY -  Senator Klein hosted a luncheon on Saturday commemorating participation by nearly 200 Bronx women in Women's Wellness Week, a project launched by the US Department of Health and run by Urban Health Plan and the YMCA. Last year, Senator Klein secured $50,000 in funding to support Urban Health Plan's Women's Wellness Week program, which consisted of free health screenings, exercise classes and counseling aimed at helping women develop healthy habits. 

June 16, 2014
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Senate Passes Package of Bills to Fight the Financial Exploitation of Senior Citizens

The New York State Senate has passed a package of eight bills to prevent criminals from using financial schemes to prey upon senior citizens. The measures were recommended in a report released by the Senate Majority Coalition in May that examined this growing issue that affects thousands of senior New Yorkers each year. The type of elder abuse relating to financial exploitation involves the illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a senior for someone else's benefit. It can result in the significant monetary loss for the victim, and in some cases, a person’s entire life savings. Financial exploitation can range from the theft of cash, to much more elaborate schemes. 

June 12, 2014
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